Hydrosteer rods ends that have been supplied with a Draglink have been pre-greased and do not require re-greasing.
The rod ends fitted to draglink tubes have anti-seize applied to threads.
When installing the draglink please ensure safe clearances to all chassis and suspension components are maintained for the full movement of the draglink during operation. The clearances must be checked on both full right and left hand wheel turn angles. Additional checks must be made at full suspension bump and hang or rebound. The tyre must not contact the draglink tube at any time.
When adjusting the length of the draglink ensure the steering gear plungers / poppets and axle lock stops are also correctly set as per manufacturer’s specifications.
When tightening the draglink and rod ends, if supplied, ensure that the rod ends are located centrally in the total available movement of the rod end, while the vehicle and wheels are in the straight ahead position. Where the draglink is fitted with lock nuts ensure the body of the rod end is not forced against the rod end stud while tightening is being performed.
The maintenance and servicing of the draglink should follow the original vehicle manufacturers specifications , or increased maintenance periods depending on operational environment.
Consult your vehicle service manual for recommended torques for draglinks.
Always remember safety first and you can contact any Hydrosteer facility on 1300 010 338 or Contact Us should you have any queries regarding your heavy vehicle steering needs.
The installation of a Draglink should always be completed by a qualified person.